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Desmond on Wilshire

5520 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, California

Type: Multi-Unit Residential

Owner: Associated Estates

Architect: Architects Orange

Project Summary

Desmond at Wilshire is a new 187,742 sq. ft., 175 unit apartment building located on a 1.3 acre infill site off Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles’ Miracle Mile neighborhood. The development includes four levels of underground parking and six levels of Type III-A wood framed residential units. The parking garage provides controlled access for 472 vehicles.

De-watering and filtration was required for the 45’ of excavation and was maintained throughout construction of the foundation. The foundation consists of soldier beams with timber lagging, a 5’ mat slab, concrete columns, shotcrete walls and post-tensioned concrete decks. The entire foundation received methane/water horizontal and vertical barriers. The first floor is lofted Type I-A construction consisting of live-work units, leasing space, and parking. The common space atop the podium includes a fitness room, clubhouse, projection movie wall, BBQ area, fire pits, cabanas, swimming pool, water feature and hot tub.

The units are high-end rentals with quartz counters, full height tile backsplashes, Level 4 drywall finish, stainless steel appliances, frameless euro-style cabinets, roller shades, ceiling fans, back-lit mirrors and LED light fixtures throughout. Many units include private balconies. The common area includes nanawalls, glass guardrails, pavers, specialty wall finishes, three lifts, two elevators and a dog-washing area. The exterior enclosure is a combination of stucco, wood siding, metal panel siding, brick veneer, vinyl windows, storefront, curtainwall and green screen living walls.

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